The Department of Health in Calabarzon has sounded the alarm over cases of acute bloody diarrhea in the region.
DOH regional director Ed Janairo said they have monitored an increase in the number of cases, particularly in Quezon and Rizal.
Janairo said, “This is alarming because there should be no bloody diarrhea in any area. It’s a warning sign that we should act on.”
He said the two provinces are on the “alert threshold” level, with Quezon having 19 cases, all recorded in Mauban. Ten were recorded from March 15 to May 8.
Rizal logged six cases – two each in Antipolo, Cardona and Teresa.
The DOH said Laguna and Cavite also reported cases.
Data from the DOH-Calabarzon Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed there were 44 acute bloody diarrhea cases from January 1 to May 15.
The patients were aged one to 57. At least 52 percent of the patients are female and between one to 10 years old.